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The Challenge

Land's End to John O'Groats

This is Garry’s third walking challenge, having twice completed the West Highlands Way and Great Glen Way, completing the 190 miles in just 8 days on the second occasion.

For 2018 Garry has set his sights on something much bigger. He will be walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats, an epic trek with a target time of 70 days. Garry’s route will not be the most direct and the distance will add up to a massive 1150 miles. He’ll be starting off on Wednesday 1st August and arriving by Tuesday 9th October.

Through The Big Issue Foundation Garry has engaged with the
Rough Sleeper Team, got identification and re-accessed his bank account. With the help of our Service Brokers, he has also got a certificate in First Aid and worked in part time employment with the Bristol Post. He recently put his First Aid skills into practice by helping after a traffic accident in central Bristol, gaining the praise of emergency services for his assistance.

Garry says ‘It is clear to me homelessness is on the rise, the support The Big Issue Foundation has given me and many others is so important and I want to do something that helps people’.

Please dig deep and support Garry with his challenge!

Our vision is to end poverty and exclusion. The Big Issue Foundation is not funded by magazine sales and 98% of our work is funded through voluntary donations. It is only because of the generosity, commitment and belief from our supporters that we are able to do our work, which is to connect vendors with the specialist services and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives.

The Route

(exact route to be confirmed)

Support This Challenge

Please help Garry to raise his target of £2000 for the #BigIssueFoundation

About Garry

After losing his job as a foreman of construction sites in Aberdeenshire, Garry found himself sleeping rough and in need of an income- so he turned to the Big Issue. Alongside selling the Big Issue, the Big Issue Foundation worked with Garry to help him get a copy of his birth certificate in order to reactivate his bank account. With a safe place to store his income, Garry continued his hard work, becoming a qualified first aider and starting to make contacts in the construction industry again. His attitude and progress with sales even earnt him the opportunity to sell at Glastonbury!

In 2016, Garry decided to walk the West Highland Way and the Great Glen way to raise money for Help for Heroes, and loved the chance to get away on a long walk. Now he’s returned to the challenge, from Milngavie, just outside of Glasgow, all the way up to Inverness, this time raising money for The Big Issue Foundation! Armed with a pair of walking boots donated by Mountain Warehouse, Garry has raised an incredible £495 and says he wanted to “give something back for all the support they have given to me”. Now he’s back in Bristol, he’s planning his next adventure- possibly a sponsored walk from Dover to Lands End! You can check out his photos from his trek below.

We’re so appreciative of Garry’s fundraising efforts which will go towards helping more vendors like himself get the support they need.

If Garry inspires you to take on a challenge this year, head over to our events and see what you can do to raise money for The Big Issue Foundation this year!

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